HDR Scholarship - Low temperature plasma processing of CO2 conversion

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Low temperature plasma processing of CO2 conversion'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor


GTP Research


Geelong Waurn Ponds

Research topic

CO2 gas has been widely accepted as a major greenhouse, leading to global warming and the current adverse climate changes. Therefore, the conversion of CO2 into value-added chemicals and fuels is considered as one of the main challenges of the 21st century. To achieve the transformation of CO2 into value-added chemicals or fuels, many approaches have been investigated. The basic mechanism of these approaches is either to split pure CO2 into CO and O2 or to involve the conversion of CO2 with a co-reactant to form new chemical compounds such as methanol. The existing traditional approaches are mainly thermo-catalytic methods, where pure CO2 splitting or conversion of CO2 with a co-reactant requires elevated temperature and rare earth metals as catalysts. Due to these limitations of the traditional thermal approaches, novel energy-efficient technologies are still sought.

One promising approach in this field, which has received little attention to date, is plasma technology. Plasma as an ionized gas can not only dissociate CO2 but also enable thermodynamically difficult reactions to occur at ambient conditions of temperature and pressure with reasonable energy cost. The significance of this project is to exploit a new and exciting area in plasma technology for energy storage.

Project aim

The aim of this PhD project is to explore non-thermal plasma system and plasma-assisted catalysis to achieve efficient conversion of CO2. It will involve: 1) designing a non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma system for the conversation of CO2; 2) the study of the conversion of CO2 with co-reactants to form value-added liquid oxygenated products; 3) optimizing the energy cost/efficiency by combining with other means such as catalysts.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 7th October 2019


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Zhiqiang Chen

Dr Zhiqiang Chen
Research Fellow, Plasma
Email Zhiqiang Chen
+61 3 522 73288